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Old 07-24-2010, 05:52 PM   #1
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I'm preparing to bottle a batch tomorrow and giving some bottles a good oxy soak. However the labels from Dos XX bottles are not coming off as easily as the others. Seems like the labels are a foil like material. Has anyone else had this issue? Do i just need to soak longer or am i wasting time with these bottles? Thanks!

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Old 07-24-2010, 05:55 PM   #2
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They will come off, but some just take longer than others due to the paper and/or glue used. Try using hot water and a little stronger concentration of oxi and more time and they should eventually come off.

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Old 07-24-2010, 05:56 PM   #3
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Soak it a bit longer; I have found some champagne bottles have a foil label, but seem to use the same glue.

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Dos Equis bottles are Da Debil! Use a chisel! Or a grinder...

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If you're planning to use a lever style wing-capper, better spend 2 minutes and try to cap an empty bottle before you go to the trouble of removing labels.

What I found was that while I could get the cap to crimp on, the crimp wasn't tight enough, and the cap would easily spin on the top of the bottle.

If you look at the ridge on Dos Equis bottles, it is rather small & higher up, compared to most pop-offs.

Good luck with it. Maybe your combination will work better than mine.

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Scratch the labels with a knife and they will come off faster after a soak.

I don't like bottles with the smaller flange. I can cap them but I have to be more careful. Beside those bottles are the lightest I've used.

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To echo what everyone else said, give them a longer soak. I have six of them and I let them soak overnight and while the labels didn't fall off, I could pull them off pretty easy. I think I had to scrub the glue off though.

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If you're planning to use a lever style wing-capper, better spend 2 minutes and try to cap an empty bottle before you go to the trouble of removing labels.

What I found was that while I could get the cap to crimp on, the crimp wasn't tight enough, and the cap would easily spin on the top of the bottle.

If you look at the ridge on Dos Equis bottles, it is rather small & higher up, compared to most pop-offs.

Good luck with it. Maybe your combination will work better than mine.
And not to hijack the thread, but don't ever try to use Heineken bottles unless you have a bench capper. As XXguy mentions above, my wing capper couldn't get a good seal on the bottle. I found this out after I tore off their crazy plastic label and used lots of elbow grease and a SOS pad to get the glue from their label off.
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And not to hijack the thread, but don't ever try to use Heineken bottles unless you have a bench capper. As XXguy mentions above, my wing capper couldn't get a good seal on the bottle. I found this out after I tore off their crazy plastic label and used lots of elbow grease and a SOS pad to get the glue from their label off.
I wouldn't want to use them but for a different reason. I prefer my beer unskunked.
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